William Cecil, 5th Earl Exeter

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William Cecil, 5th Earl Exeter, by John Smith, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Willem Wissing, 1686 - NPG D11559 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Cecil, 5th Earl Exeter

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1686
13 3/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (340 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (358 mm x 267 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11559


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  • Edward Cooper (died 1725), Printseller. Artist associated with 169 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Willem Wissing (1656-1687), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 146 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Current affairs

James II, determined to re-establish Catholicism as a state religion, reverses proscription for Catholics to positions of authority, revives the ecclesiastic Court of High Commission, and admits to the privy council four Catholic lords, including John Belasyse, Baron Belasyse of Worlaby.

Art and science

A collection of poems by painter and poet, Anne Killigrew are posthumously published under the title, Poems by Mrs. Anne Killigrew'. A maid of honour to the queen, Mary of Modena, Killigrew was known for her beauty and virtuous nature.

International

The League of Augsburg, founded by a coalition of European countries convened by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, opposed the expansionist plans of France. James II creates the Dominion of New England, uniting the administrations of several English colonies in North America.

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